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Tourists may flock to Libya for an eclipse

March 28, 2005 at 5:05 PM   |   Comments

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 28 (UPI) -- Libya may be one of the Mediterranean's least popular vacation spots, but that may change next year when it will be a prime spot to watch a solar eclipse.

"It is a very, very beautiful event and I defy anybody not to be moved by it," says Brian McGee, of Explorers, a British company offering tours for the astronomical curiosity.

On March 29, 2006, a strip of the Earth's surface will be cast into darkness as the moon blocks the light of the sun in a total solar eclipse, the Independent reported Monday.

He eclipse will begin at sunrise in Brazil and then it will sweep across the South Atlantic and make landfall in Ghana. He event's maximum duration of four minutes, seven seconds will be observed from the Libyan Sahara.

Although many eclipses are marred by cloudy skies, the skies over the Libyan Sahara are usually clear.

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